Cathy Gendron

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School Visit

By |November 24th, 2015|Syndicated Content|

I made my first school visit last week for The Nutcracker Comes to America! My friend, Sarah Faylor, invited me to present to the Ann Arbor Hills Child Development Center. The kids were so very welcoming and sat still for almost 30 minutes. My favorite moment came when I showed them an unimpressive drawing I did at age 3 1/2 of a whale and a fish (see below). One little boy said he had a book that showed him how to draw a whale and suggested I look into purchasing it – or maybe he said I could borrow his...can't remember. I think maybe I should look into it though!

School Visit

School Visit

Nearing the end

By |October 3rd, 2015|Syndicated Content|

We've been busy on Oxford's roof for the last 3 weeks and yesterday was the last day of painting for my crew of three, Kyle, Andrea and Anna. Now I can stop worrying about their safety, 5 stories up!
 

Nearing the end
Nearing the end
Nearing the end

With the exception of a few lingering days of intense heat, we've been lucky with weather. The wind was a new challenge. Patrons of Aventura were surprised when on of my laminated reference images floated down during Happy Hour and we seemed to be constantly chasing down paint cup lids. This past week with wind gusts from 20-25 knots, I was grateful that the scaffolding was anchored to the masonry.

Thank you Anderson Paint, for custom matching the sky color that was in my head – now on my fingers.

Nearing the end


Mural Progress

By |September 20th, 2015|Syndicated Content|


One of the biggest challenges of this project has been the curb and crushed rock beneath the wall. Right off the bat, we had to eliminated a sissor lift (can't get it close to the wall) and scaffolding with wheels (same issue). A bucket lift was expensive and created difficulties with parking in the lot. That, plus we needed to accommodate four of us working at the same time.
With the help of Delux Rental in Ypsilanti, we came up with a solution – four scaffolding towers that would be moved every week or so as we continue on down the wall. An additional challenge was the concrete wall that has to be spanned at the end of the parking lot. What a hassle, but it has worked out – big thanks to Sean and Paul from Delux. Mary Thiefels of Treetown Murals stopped by with advise in configuring the walkboards, and moving people and materials up and down most efficiently. Thanks so much Mary!

Mural Progress

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As of the middle of August we'd progressed through two scaffolding moves. I really love painting on cinder block. The texture makes it easier to blend, dry-brush style.















We've been blessed with great weather for the last month and a half, if you don't count 90+ degree days. The painting is a pleasure, but figuring out the rest of the puzzle has me up in the middle of the night. For heat relief, we found some synthetic, loosely woven cloth and configured it to hang from the scaffolding, giving us shade in the afternoon while letting the breeze it. Ahhhh...much better.

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Around the first of the month we'd finished the lower mural and were ready to tackle the upper design. The projection and tracing needs to happen before the scaffolding is assembled so onto the scary ladders we go. Thanks to our ground crew, Marcia Maier, we have documentation of the  process.

Mural Progress
Waiting for dark on a beautiful summer evening. My husband John, Ron Maier and me.


Mural Progress
That's good sport and brave soul, Deb Pearson, and me tracing the projected design.


























Next comes the big move to the roof. Up we go with all the scaffolding plus our equipment and paint. Delux moved the big stuff, leaving the rest (including all the paint) to the rope and bucket brigade. Thanks to Kyle, Andrea and Anna for the backbreaking work!

Mural Progress
Sean, Paul and he-man helper moving the scaffolding, piece by piece to the roof (on a Sunday!).











Moving the scaffolding

By |July 29th, 2015|Syndicated Content|

Moving the scaffolding



































Delux Rental came out to do the first scaffolding move yesterday. We're starting our march down the wall and it feels good to have a chunk finished. Of course there are a few things I'd like to tweak on the now out of reach images. Ann Arbor sign painter and muralist Zeke Mallory had some valuable advise when he told me to remember that a mural is not a fine art painting. I will have to keep reminding myself of that!

The heat is proving to be a serious challenge. A weeks worth of upper 80s and low 90s on a south facing wall overlooking blacktop – with under-painting tinted in bright orange – has made it necessary to plan our day around the sun. We work on exposed areas in the morning, retreating to work under the scant scaffolding shade as the sun moves to the west. Oxford has provided a GoPro camera taking stop-action shots so using a sunscreen on the front is out of the question. My next research project is to find some kind of covering that we can use on the west end of the scaffolding to keep the late afternoon sun less brutal.